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King Henry II Quotes

Nine of the best book quotes from King Henry II
  1. #1
    “Your little brother Philip is the King of France now and he wants your wedding dowry back. I only took you for your dowry. You were seven. [...] The Vexin is a little county but it’s vital to me.”
  2. #2
    “Henry: Did the Channel part for you?
    Eleanor: It went flat when I told it to. I didn’t think to ask for more. How dear of you to let me out of jail.”
  3. #3
    “I’ve snapped and plotted all my life. There’s no other way to be a king, alive and fifty all at the same time.”
  4. #4
    “You get Alais and you get the kingdom but I get the one thing I want most. If you’re king, England stays intact. I get that. It’s all yours now-the girl, the crown, the whole black bloody business. Isn’t that enough?”
  5. #5
    “When I married Eleanor, I thought: ‘You lucky man. The richest woman in the world. She owns the Aquitaine, the greatest province on the Continent - and beautiful as well.‘”
  6. #6
    “It’s going to be a jungle of a day: if I start growling now. I’ll never last.”
  7. #7
    “My position is - well frankly, Philip, it’s a tangle. Once I’m dead, who’s to be king? I could draw papers ‘til my scribes drop or the ink runs out, and once I died, unless I’ve left behind me three contented sons, my lands will split three ways in civil war.”
  8. #8
    “For these ten years you’ve lived with everything I’ve lost and loved another woman through it all. And I’m cruel. I could peel you like a pear and God would call it justice ...”
  9. #9
    “Well ‒ what shall we hang? The holly or each other?”